Monster Midnight Bisou, undefeated in seven races this year, each a graded stakes, three of them Grade I's, hopes to enhance her Horse of the Year credentials with a victory in the Grade I, $2 million Longines Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.
With regular rider Mike Smith aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen, the four-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute worked five furlongs towards that goal at 6:45 Monday morning in company with Comedian, each receiving a clocking of 1:01.60.
“It went brilliant,” said Smith, who has ridden the dark bay filly in 14 of her 18 career races, winning 10. “She really got over the race track nice; I love the way she handled the surface. She was happy and just cruised in 1:01 about as easy as you could do it. She left her company pretty handily.”
Added Asmussen: “Perfect. I thought she looked very comfortable. I was extremely curious for Mike's input on how she went over the race track because of his familiarity with her and the race track separately, and all reports were very positive.”
Midnight Bisou has three wins and a second in four starts at Santa Anita, including victory in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 7, 2018, when trained by Bill Spawr.
Undefeated through seven starts this season, including three Grade 1's, Midnight Bisou is trained by Steve Asmussen. She shipped to Santa Anita following her facile victory in the G2 Beldame on Sept. 28, and will be stabled there through the Breeders' Cup. The filly finished third in last year's edition of the Distaff.
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